Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment and Relief

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an irritation of the median nerve in the wrist that leads to numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the hand. The syndrome typically affects the thumb, index, and middle fingers and is often particularly troublesome at night. DP Home Healthcare can provide you relief with their Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment program.

 What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The following are risk factors associated with the development of carpal tunnel syndrome:

  •     Pregnancy
  •     Rheumatoid arthritis and other causes of inflammation of the wrist
  •     Endocrine disorders such as diabetes and hypothyroidism
  •     Wrist fracture
  •     Alcoholism

Carpal tunnel syndrome is rare in children.

The relationship between work and carpal tunnel syndrome is unclear. Positions of extreme wrist flexion and extension are known to increase pressures within the carpal canal and apply pressure on the nerve. This is particularly true with repetitive strain injury to the wrist. Intensity, frequency, and duration of work activity and their relationship to carpal tunnel syndrome are unclear.

Carpal Tunnel Treatment

Signs You May Need Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

The following are symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome and may indicate you should seek carpal tunnel syndrome treatment. You may still have carpal tunnel syndrome if you have only a few symptoms.

  •     Numbness, pain (usually a burning pain), and tingling in your thumb, index, and middle fingers
  •     Tingling, numbness, or pain, which may move up your arm to your elbow
  •     Hand weakness
  •     Dropping objects
  •     Difficulty feeling and handling small objects

Symptoms are usually worse at night and are sometimes temporarily relieved by “shaking out” your hands.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Home healthcare for carpal tunnel syndrome is straightforward and can often provide relief for mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Wear a wrist splint (can be purchased at most drugstores) to keep the wrist in an optimal position at rest. Splinting is usually tried for a period of four to six weeks. Some people wear their splints at night only and others wear their splints both day and night, depending upon when the symptoms are at their worst. If no relief is found at four to six weeks, the splints are not likely to help.

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